August, 2010 Archive

August 20, 2010, 3:42 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 5, Number 4

Welcome to Change of Shift – a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short!

We have some old friends and some new additions.  Our submissions cover the best of nursing and the most difficult moments. Some share successes and others could use some collegial support.

So, grab a latte, put your feet up and enjoy..

Change of Shift.


I love adding nursing blogs to my blogroll! This week, thanks to his CoS submission, I’ve found Stephen at  A Nurse Practitioner’s View, where he   presents  Team Work. When it comes to patient care, check our egos at the door.

Some teams we chose and some we’re born into, as noted in this heart-warming story from Keith at Digital Doorway, We’re All in This Together.

Nurses are expected to be super-humanly objective and non-judgmental. As this honest post from Nurse Me shows, there are limits, and don’t forget to Always Look Behind the Curtain First.


Hallelujah! No more getting screwed ripped off by textbook prices! IsntSheLovlei spreads the good news in Hear Ye, Hear Ye, posted at the beautifully entitled The Dog Ate My Care Plan….

There’s a blogiversary in the air! Head on over and say congrats to Infusion Nurse as she announces I’m a Year Old…

Katie Morales at NursesNetwork wonders Will You Still Need Me When I’m 64? I’m not sure my body will even hold out until I’m 54!


Over at Code Blog, guest author Jennifer, RN, makes a difference when caring for a patient described as Tough and Not Very Friendly.

Edith at Caffeine and Xanax is frustrated by a difficult patient in Mr. Grouchy Pants. What part of “sign out AMA” don’t they understand?

Nurse Teeny of The Makings of a Nurse is at a crossroads and feeling Deflated. Have you ever been there?

AJN clinical editor Christine Moffa reviews an article on preventing hospital acquired infections in When Timely Nurse Removal of Urinary Catheters reduces UTI Rate at Off the Charts.

The latest podcast of Insights in Nursing is up, thanks to Jamie Davis! I was able to participate in this installment along with Susan Bindon of Lifebridge Health; our topic is Magnet Hospitals and Happy Nurses. There is some talk of “sexy” units, but I plead the fifth.


Thanks for reading this edition of Change of Shift!

Next edition will be right here at Emergiblog on September 3rd. Submit via Blog Carnival or through the Contact button at the top of this page.

I look forward to reading the next round of submissions! Many thanks to all who contributed!

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August 13, 2010, 11:57 am

BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2010: Medbloggers + Las Vegas, Part Deux!

BlogWorld BadgeWe did it before, and we’re doing it again!

The medblogger track (aka: Social Health) is on for this year’s BlogWorld/New Media Expo!


WHO should attend?


  • Doctors, nurses, patients
  • physician assistants, dentists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, paramedics
  • medical students, nursing students
  • health care administrators, health care company employees and executives…

In other words….YOU!


WHY should you attend?

If you have any interest in social media on a personal or professional level (blogs, podcasting, Blog Talk Radio, Facebook, Twitter, vlogging), this is the place to be!


WHAT is new in the Social Health track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo?

  • Breakout sessions!
    • Social Networks and the Medical Blogosphere: Compatible or Competitive?
    • Patient Blogging and Disease Awareness: Sickness and Health on the Web
    • Health Care and Social Media: Industry Issues
    • How Social Media is Being Used to Improve Health
  • “White Board” open discussion on health care and social media


HOW can we do this?

The Social Health track is made possible by remarkable sponsors! Without them, this does not happen! Join me in thanking:

Johnson & Johnson was there when the idea of a “medblogger track” was just a gleam in a blogger’s eye! They provided sponsorship for our inaugural get-together,and we welcome (and thank) them again this year!

Also with us since the inaugural medblogger track is MedPage Today, and they are returning once again, providing valuable support and we continue to expand the Social Health track offerings!


They asked what we wanted most during last year’s track. What were we missing? Thanks to our feedback, the JNJ Campaign for Nursing’s Future will be providing snacks and (bless them!) plenty of charging stations! Bring your iPhones, laptops, netbooks, iPads, Blackberries and keep them powered up at the conference!


SHOW me the money!

Discount codes  I haz dem.There is a discount available for Social Health track participants!

Discount codes are available for $195 off the registration price, making the cost of the Social Media track only $200 if you register by September 16th!

(This discount applies to any registration packet you choose, so if you want to stay for the entire conference – and I definitely recommend it! – you just take $195 off that price!)

How do you get the code?

From me!

I have individual, personalized codes for those interested in receiving the discount.

Send me an email via the contact button at the top of this page and please put BLOGWORLD DISCOUNT CODE in the subject line so I am sure to see it. I’ll send you a personal registration code to use. I have a limited number of these to give out, so don’t wait!

BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2010 registration is open now.


I’ll keep this page up on the blog under the “Blogworld” button and will update it with new information.

Look forward to seeing you at the second annual BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2010 Social Health track!

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August 6, 2010, 1:11 pm

Change of Shift – Vol. 5, Number 3

Wow – another two weeks has flown by, which means it’s time for another edition of Change of Shift!

Once again, my nurse blogging colleagues have written an interesting, thoughtful group of posts for your perusal!

So ready…set…peruse!


Keith Carlson is the fantastic writer behind Digital Doorway, and a regular contributor to Change of Shift. This week’s post left me angry and appalled. It is also wins this week’s “Editor’s Choice”. Check out  In the ER……. See if your blood pressure doesn’t rise…..

Okay, so Keith gets me all riled up and Katie Morales at NursesNetwork writes a post that has steam coming our of my ears!  Think we’ve made strides in women’s health? Think again after reading When will it be about our health and not our figure? Indeed.

Nurse Me describes a humorous, but poignant vignette in Feeding the Fantasy. (My patients are never mistake me for a movie heroine….)


Sometimes “you just have to go for it”, says Nurse Teeny in Keep On Keepin’ On, at The Makings of a Nurse.

Frustration. As nurses, we haz it. Jo has her on “There is a fracture. I need to fix it.” moment at Head Nurse. If you haven’t seen the video of that phrase in action, you can see it on the post.

Here’s  a post after my own heart! NP Saves Lives says I’m No Physician Extender at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.


I now bow the “I am not worthy” bow a la Wayne’s World towards The Muse, RN, who has developed a new nursing theory! Don’t let the term “theory” turn you off – this is great. Read all about RN Leaders/Academics: No Respect Theory.

Ian at writes a thought-provoking essay on see reality through the patient’s eyes in that from a long way off look like flies.

Does having money equate with being happy? Dr. Dean at the Millionaire Nurse Blog wants to know in Happiness-Money: What Say You?


When writing is not enough…. Randall at Under the Mosquito Net describes a communication FAIL in A Heart Shocker.

Max is baaaaack! : D Well, at least for this post! Find out what he’s up to in Not Quite Goodbye posted at It Shouldn’t Happen In Health Care.

Wanderer at Lost on the Floor muses on patients on the floor, literally, in Falling Down. He’s right. There are no reasonable expectations in health care any more.

At the AJN blog, Off the Charts, Peggy McDaniel wonders if you are Still Confused About Health Care Reform? Welcome to the Club.


That concludes this edition of Change of Shift! Thanks for reading and many thanks to those who submitted.

The next CoS will be hosted here at Emergiblog. Submissions can be sent through Blog Carnival or via the Contact button on the top of this page.

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